Providing educational opportunities in the United Arab Emirates is a privilege - not a right - a privilege which is earned on
a continuous basis and which demands, of each institution, continuous high quality and an effective system of institutional
effectiveness and continuous improvement.
The Commission for Academic Accreditation (CAA) of the United Arab Emirates, hereafter referred to as the Commission, uses
two inter-related standards-based quality assurance processes - institutional licensure and program accreditation - to assess
educational quality, thereby assuring members of the public that the licensed institutions and the accredited programs they
offer indeed meet high standards. Further, the standards used have been established so as to be at a level of quality
acceptable to and recognized by the academic community internationally.
The Standards for Licensure and Accreditation (2011), hereafter referred to as the
Standards, published by the CAA, is accessible here in English in PDF format.
The Commission has published separate sets of Standards for Licensure and Accreditation of Technical and Vocational Education and Training. These address the special issues arising among providers of vocational and technical qualifications in the UAE. This document is also available here in PDF format.
e-Learning standards for Licensure and Accreditation. These provide guidelines for providers of e-Learning courses and programs.